Change: an important message from Mr. Berson

Dear Otselic Valley Community,

It is with deepest appreciation and gratitude that I offer this message to you, beginning with news about an imminent transition.

Earlier this week I accepted appointment as Sherburne-Earlville Superintendent of Schools, beginning July 1, 2020. Until that date, I will continue to serve the Otselic Valley Central School District as we wind down the school year, have an important school budget vote, and plan for an educational landscape that’s been significantly changed by COVID-19.

Transitions in life are seemingly inevitable, and as I eagerly look forward to my new opportunity, my heart is overflowing with gratitude to the multitude of people, both students and adults, who made an indelible mark on me both personally and professionally. You adopted me into the Otselic Valley family.

During my eight years here serving students, staff, and the community, I’m especially grateful I had the opportunity to help the district while working in many roles. I was privileged to see you, support you, and learn from you in many ways. I hoped that together we might establish both mutual trust and a framework within which we could effectively work together, and you made me proud.

Our experiences together have been powerful. We wept together when our community faced tragic, inexplainable loss. We united, moving as one, in the face of adversity. We celebrated together in the classroom and beyond when we as Vikings demonstrated our might.

Most importantly, we have learned to hope together and learned to love one another. We have accomplished these important feats together because we know the answer to the two most important questions: Did you love them? And more importantly, did they know it?

When I reflect on my time at Otselic Valley, I will forever hold in my heart a deep reservoir of admiration for the many people who believed in me. My hope is that you know I believe in you, still.



Robert G. Berson
Superintendent of Schools
Otselic Valley Central School District

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